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Ours: A Novel By Phillip B. Williams Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593654828
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Published: Viking - February 20th, 2024

A fable about the cost of freedom told through decades of history of a fictional town called Ours.   

A big, messy, alternative black history full of magical realism and folk mythology. If you like a huge cast of characters and don't mind taking a few side roads, you may find you love this as much as me!

 


Review by Trevor

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Monstrilio By Gerardo Sámano Córdova Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781638931607
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Published: Zando - January 30th, 2024

This story completely devoured me, down to the bone, squeaky clean, with its big unhinged jaw. It is laden with grief, visceral yet tender, sweet and painful. Bizarre and surreal, but portrays the tangible experience of love so perfectly. This book feels like a small and strange creature that you will love unconditionally, no matter how absurd – you can’t help it.


Review by Javi

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Shark Heart: A Love Story By Emily Habeck Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781668006498
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Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - August 8th, 2023

Such a strong and ambitious and creative debut. Habeck made me fully believe in this world where a shark or reptile or zebra mutation is just as typical but cutting as a cancer diagnosis. She combines playwriting and poetry with prose that’s familiar but fresh and exciting. I will be thinking about and loving these characters for a long time.

 


Review by Emily

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Mrs. Caliban By Rachel Ingalls, Rivka Galchen (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Rachel Ingalls, Rivka Galchen (Introduction by)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811226691
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Published: New Directions - November 28th, 2017

You're bound to fall for this off-kilter, domestic fairytale set in the 1950's. Ingalls' writing is quaintly comedic with bouts of hard-hitting reality which accent its feminist underpinning. Best read in a bath with your forbearing amphibious partner.



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By An Yu
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802161253
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Published: Grove Press - November 14th, 2023

Ghost Music by An Yu is a wistful and thought-provoking book. Song Yan is living an unremarkable, simple life in Beijing as a piano teacher with her husband and mother-in-law, when boxes of mushrooms are suddenly being sent to their apartment every week from an unknown sender. The truths she discovers as a result  sets her routine and everything she knows to be reality ablaze. This book urges us to reflect on who we are outside of our family, relationships, and career…outside of ourselves and our routines. I also love the jacket cover art–it’s quite whimsical!


Review by Lauren

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Our Wives Under the Sea: A Novel By Julia Armfield Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250229908
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Published: Flatiron Books - June 27th, 2023

Part queer love story, part subtle horror story, both parts eerie and beautiful. Wives Leah and Miri try to manage when Leah comes back from a failed deep-sea mission that left her stuck on a submarine for five months. Armfield seamlessly creates the sensation of being underwater, that kind of silence that is quiet and loud at the same time. A slow burn until the last 50 pages or so then the quiet gets unbearably loud. If you like swimming, Florence + the Machine, Kristen Arnett, or loving someone or something, read this. 


Review by Emily

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Follow Me to Ground: A Novel By Sue Rainsford Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982133641
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Published: Scribner - January 5th, 2021

Looking for something truly unsettling? This is the book. I've never read anything quite like it -- but also, reading it felt somehow inevitable, as if I've been haunted by it before. 


Review by Allie

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Popisho: A Novel By Leone Ross Cover Image
$28.00
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ISBN: 9780374602451
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 20th, 2021

There's something about islands. In the islands of Popisho everything is brighter, more delicious, and the people are more magical, growing lungs on their hips or crying hummingbirds or instantly knowing what to cook for any person. If you're aching to travel but can't, read this book! I felt immediately at home in this unreal community, learning words I couldn't define but by the end somehow understood.

 



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The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina: A Novel By Zoraida Córdova Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982102555
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Published: Atria Books - July 5th, 2022

This is one of the best books I've read in a while. Cordova's writing is straight epic and took me on a journey that I wont forget. If you need some magic in your life right now, pick this up now! 


Review by Rosa

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